from The Seattle Times:
Reborn for its sixth season as the Alaska Airline/Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival, the 10-day event opens Friday and runs through Feb. 22, presenting many of jazz’s most-celebrated artists within a square mile of downtown. The program, dubbed “Somethin’ Else” this year, celebrates the 70th birthday of Blue Note, the definitive modern jazz label.
Among the artists featured over the first weekend are New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard, presenting “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina)”; Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba; tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano; vocalist Dianne Reeves; guitarist John Scofield; pianist McCoy Tyner; and clarinetist Don Byron. All those artists have recorded extensively for Blue Note. The festival also features numerous onstage artist interviews, panel discussions, jam sessions and gigs by resident stars such as vocalist Nancy King, pianist/songwriter Dave Frishberg and drummer Mel Brown.